I went to Five Guys for the first time yesterday. I live in the Northwest but am visiting South Carolina on business.
I must say that this may be the quintisential American eatery. When you walk into Five Guys there should be no doubt in your mind what you are going to eat. The only question should be what you will get on your hamburger. For me, I got a cheeseburger with: mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and grilled onions. The burger was perfect. The patty was hot, the cheese was melted and the bun was warm. The lettuce was crisp, the tomato was flavorful, and the pickle chip offered a crisp and sour finish. It was the perfect hamburger.
The fries are legendary. These are not McDonalds French fries. They are not individually quick frozen with a sodium coating. They are potatoes dropped in peanut oil then seasoned with salt.
My one gripe about this place is that the regular order of fries is huge. I would have rather paid a little less and received half the fries. But, I was dining solo. If there had been another person with me we could have easily shared an order of fries and it would have been a little cheaper.
Basically, what I am saying is: if you don't like Five Guys you are communist.